And so the business end of the season begins. Dodds had been in England, Ducky and the boys at the cricket, and Mantarro had been somewhere with a lot of junk food and even more beer. Yes it would be fair to say our skipper had been in a good paddock over Christmas, so much so that Chiarella asked whether that large white object was the far sightscreen or Mantarro’s ample blurter.
I was feeling horrible and was praying we won the toss and batted. Yes I had heard how well the skipper had been striking them in that area, no problem. Sure enough (you couldn’t put enough on it) we were bowling.
It was pretty clear Scarcella had no interest and was still picturing diving in Thailand (easy Ducky settle down there Buddy) but Dodds started ok and after a good spell from Big Bad Benny had the game on a knife edge at 3/41. Nathan “I only start turning the ball after Xmas” Absolom then ripped through them to have them 8/58 and spirits were very high.
We then genuinely lost interest, got flat, a little lazy and allowed them to get to 90. This is something we need to work on to stay switched on and finish the job.
All in all a good performance on a flat surface – the pick of the bowlers being Farmer and Benny, with a certain slow left armer producing all of his miniature heart to nab 2.
In reply we got the points, but didn’t bat well. Luck didn’t go our way. The batting must improve, even allowing for a terrific spell from Crawford their opening quick.
They are (for all intents and purposes 2 for 0 in reply).
Much work to be done.
Three. Chiarella – 31 & 3 Fa
Two. Farmer – 3 fa
One. Davo – 2 fa
Zero. Mantarro – 9,000,000 Hamburgers in 2 week period, picking JL in second grade.
Zero. Doherty – Jugs. Enough Said
3rd Grade: Lane Cove 148 v Lindfield 92
Team shuffle shenanigans as 3s started the day with 10 players and ended up with a 12th man as lightning struck twice after hours of gold digging. Several Coves debuted for the Seniors with Jamie Cheok, Conor Slocombe and Lewis Criniti all rubbing shoulders with their older, uglier counterparts for the first time. Samuel Cox was 3's third skipper in as many games and started by winning the toss and electing to bowl first on the far side of the square... the pitch was quite lush, with rain and the holiday break affecting preperation of the pitch.
Pirenu and Boggle were first up and it was Boggle who struck first, depegging an opener with his usual swinging service. A brief period of mild frustration containing nicks, slashes and misses was followed up by 4/3 as Boggle (2) and Jack Standing (2) made a large dent in the Lindfield lineup - 5/19. The Lindfield skip knuckled down with a bit of support, but wickets continued to fall and besides the skipper and the keeper, there wasn't a lot of resistance as the 'Field were dismissed for 92 in the 37th over. Boggle (4/22), Pirenu (2/9) and Jack (2/12) were the pick of the bowlers with Kiran and Will also picking up a wicket each. The fielding display was the real pleaser though as the young brigade chased and chopped off runs everywhere as well as snaffling every chance or part thereof that came their way, with screamers being taken by Kiran and Coxy to close out the innings.
The run chase did not start too well. The pitch had not settled particularly well and was still offering plenty of assistance to the bowlers. Jamie Cheok and Will Daly both looked very comfortable at the crease until one snuck past Jamie. Conor then got a good one early and the Bugle then decided to throw his wicket away in solidarity with his Riverview chums. 0/3 had become 3/3 and Lindfield had their tales up. Kiran and Ricko came together, with Kiran looking at ease before a slip up saw him run out for just 8 with the score at 20. Coxy joined Ricko and the two set about building a match-winning partnership. Before they did that though, they tried very hard to get out. Very, very hard. The pair took the score to 70 before Coxy played one lofted drive too many, out for a steadying and important 17. Standing lived up to his name - did not run much after taking a liking to a few of the short ones and flighted tweakers on offer. Ricko was out for a match-winning (or first-innings-winning) 42, while Standing was also out to a cracking catch at point when it looked to be 4 all the way off the bat. We eeked towards the close of the day with Pirenu and Boggle pushing singles and hitting the odd one, and Pirenu was eventually LB with the score on 148 with less than 3 overs left in the day, so stumps were pulled.
Back next week with a 50 odd run lead to push for all 10. Back the young ones to pull it off.
4th Grade: Lane Cove 8/257(dec) v Lindfield 1/25
The Silver and Bald Foxes got the job done here. As solid a 4s lineup as you'll likely see fought back from a good fight back after we'd started well. After Cotty (37) and Schaafs (18) had done the hard yards early, we lost 4 for not much to swing the match in Lindfield's favour, something Wingy (65) and Hoody (37) spent the next hour or so rectifying. This platform allowed Demps the freedom to play his natural manically aggressive game, doinking a run-a-ball 50. Frenchy chipped in as well as the Coves posted 8/257 when Demps closed the innings.
In reply, Lindfield are 1/25 with some trashy pie salesman taking the wicket... saved 6 there Demps, by all accounts. Points next week.
5th Grade: Sky Muppets 9/156 def by Warringah 4/158
Fantasy League - 28 participants this time around. Give me $20 or transfer the cash to the club's bank account please.
Training - Wednesday afternoons at North Sydney #2 from 5 pm.
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